Apple has just announced a series of updates to their Mac lineup. The company has introduced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, a refreshed Mac Mini, and an all new iMac.
Apple has introduced a new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, to go along with Apple’s existing 15-inch model that was introduced in June. This new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is 0.75 inches thin, and is 20% lighter than the standard, non-retina MacBook Pro and weighs just 3.57 pounds. The machines is packed with I/O, featuring Magsafe 2, Thunderbolt ports, three USB 3 ports, SD Card slot, HDMI. Of course the new Retina display measures 13.3-inches diagonally and has a resolution of 2560×1600. That is 4X more pixels than the previous generation MacBook Pro it is replacing.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro also features dual mices, stereo speakers, backlight keyboard, FaceTime HD (720p) and 7 hours of battery life. The entry-level model features a 2.5GHz dual core i5 processor, with 128GB of flash storage, and 8GB of RAM and starts at $1699.
Apple updated the Mac Mini with a nice internal refresh. The new Mac mini started with a dual or quad core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge processor, with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD. The Mac Mini retains it’s previous price points with this update.
Apple introduced a completely redesigned iMac today. The edge of this new machine is just 5mm thin, which is 80% thinner than the iMac it replaces it. The entire display assembly is 45% thinner, meaning Apple could reduce the overall width of the machine. Apple has removed the optical drive. The display is now directly laminated to the glass, there is 75% less glare, and each display is individually calibrated in the factory.
Other features include a FaceTimeHD camera, dual microphones, better stereo speakers and the fact that it is 8 pounds lighter.
Apple also introduced a new feature called “Fusion Drive”. This combines 128GB of flash storage and either 1 or 3TB of HDD storage. This allows the OS and you’re most used apps to run off of the flash storage, while also offering the large storage you expect from and HDD. From a system standpoint, the Fusion Drive looks like a single volume and functions as such for the end-user. You do not have to manage this technology. You’ll just notice the speed improvements.
The new iMac will ship in several basic configurations in both 21.5-inch and 27-inch varieties.